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Cautiously, Iranians Reclaim Public Spaces and Liberties Long Suppressed

- As the music ended and the crowd rose in a standing ovation, several women in the audience could be seen with heads bared, the obligatory head scarves draped around their necks. This was no underground concert by an indie band in North Tehran, though. Rather, it was a recital by a classical lute player in Vahdat Hall. -Thomas Erdbrink, NY Times - 10/6/15

Photos: German Artist Philipp Geist's "Gate Of Words" Light Up Tehran's Azadi Square

- German artist Philipp Geist's light installation entitled "Gate of Words" pours down colored words of love, peace and freedom on Tehran's Azadi Tower for three days from October 3 to 5. The shining words, in English, German and Persian, move with the live music on the walls of the tower, the German artist said during a press conference held at the tower last Wednesday. - 10/5/15

Why are Iranian husbands standing up for their wives?

- Husbands in Iran are taking pictures of themselves declaring their commitment to female equality - and thousands are sharing their messages on Facebook. -BBC - 10/2/15

IAAB's YAR Fellowship: An Exciting New Opportunity in Iran

- We're excited to share our new and improved itinerary for the YAR Fellowship, our newest groundbreaking program! YAR is a yearlong fellowship program that includes a three-week full-immersion course in Iran, to be held January 4th- 24th, 2016. YAR will bring together advanced undergraduates, recent college grads and graduate students, who will deepen their scholarly, professional and cultural understanding of Iran. - 9/29/15

Iranian actress, stage director Homa Rusta dies at 69

- Veteran Iranian actress and stage director Homa Rusta died at a hospital in Los Angeles on Saturday after a long battle with cancer. She was 69. She left the country months ago to receive further treatment in the United States, Persian Media reported on Sunday. - 9/28/15

NeekOn Celebrates Iranian & Persian Communities with Music, Dance, Art and More Tonight

- A dazzling array of artists, musicians, dancers, food stars and more from the Iranian/Persian and International communities will come together and bring their talents for an entertaining day located at two venues in Golden Gate Park: Outdoors at the Band Shell, and Indoors at the Koret Auditorium in the de Young Museum in San Francisco. -BWW - 9/26/15

Golriz Hashemi's Piano Recital at Leighton House Museum in London

- All the way from Iran "Golriz Hashemi "will be visiting London this autumn to perform her piano recital at the most beautful and unique venue "The Leighton House Museum". - 9/18/15

Local campaign for disabled Iranians spreads through social media

- The Blue Lids campaign, which was launched only two weeks ago in Sanandaj to collect plastic bottle lids as a fundraiser to provide wheelchairs to the disabled, has picked up momentum, with other cities joining the campaign even in other provinces. - 9/15/15

Humans of Iran

- In the summer of 2010, Brandon Stanton set out to take pictures of the Humans of New York. He posted his touching photographs of ordinary people to a blog, captioning them with quotes from his conversations with the subjects. The Humans of New York website and social media pages went viral. Stanton travelled to Iran in 2012 and again in 2015 where he continued to take pictures of strangers, conveying their hopes, dreams, disappointments, and stories. - 9/9/15

President Obama leaves touching comment on Humans of New York photo from Iran

- Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton is currently blogging in Iran. During his trip, Stanton met a father and son who were celebrating the boy's tenth birthday. The famed blogger posted an image on Thursday from the Iranian town of Tabriz. -Independent - 9/8/15

Jewels of Allah: The Untold Stories of Women In Iran

- I grew up in Iran with two very different grandmothers. As a young girl, I took at face value the fact that one of my grandmothers was a devout woman who never left her home without wearing a head scarf, and the other was a Western-educated progressive-minded woman who didn't think twice about swimming topless in the family pool. Yet both women were forces to be reckoned with and by no means subservient. -Nina Ansary, Huffington Post - 9/6/15

Disabled push for a better life in Iran

- "London has completely changed my life," says 31-year old Marjan Kalanaki, a post-graduate computer science student from Tehran who now lives in the UK. "Sometimes I can't believe how independent I have become and how easily I can get by on my own." -Camelia Sadeghzadeh, BBC - 9/5/15

Looking Back At The Shiraz Arts Festival

- There is something surreal about finding a piece of history in a room - specifically in a confined space on the first floor of London's Whitechapel Gallery next to the reading room. The exhibition is entitled: A Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts Shiraz-Persepolis. -Cyrus Kadivar - 9/4/15

Top Officials Visit Hospitalized Persian Music Maestro Mohammadreza Shahjarian

- Shajarian faced a performing ban in Iran following his criticism of the Iranian government for the events in the aftermath of the presidential election in 2009. In a presidential debate in 2013, Rouhani called Shahjarian "a cultural ambassador of Iran". In his campaign film, he also spoke about his deep interest in Shajarian's songs. However, Shahjarian has not yet been allowed to perform in his homeland under Rouhani. - 9/2/15

German Support For Barenboim Concert In Iran Draws Israeli Ire

- Star conductor Daniel Barenboim is hoping to take one of Germany's top orchestras to Iran to perform a concert there, the Berlin State Opera said August 27, drawing angry protests from Israel. Barenboim, 72, who is general music director of the German capital's flagship opera house, "is in talks with Iran about a possible concert in Tehran," the house said. - 8/28/15

Schools in Iran's Kurdistan province to promote Kurdish language

- The head of the Kurdistan board of education says the Kurdish language will be incorporated into middle school text books for the next academic year. ISNA reports that Rashid Gorbani told a press conference on Tuesday August 17 that one third of literature and language texts for middle school will be dedicated to Kurdish. - 8/23/15

How Iran's Jews Survive in Mullahs' World

- The first thing I noticed about Shahab Shahamifar as we strolled to synagogue on a Saturday morning in July was his yarmulke. It was a medium-size, black knitted one, and he was wearing it as we walked the busy streets of Tehran. Then I noticed that no one looked up. -Larry Cohler-Esses, Forward - 8/19/15

Photos: Sand storms in Sistan take a toll on daily life

- All government offices and businesses were closed due to the heavy sand storms in Sistan on Sunday August 9. The Mehr News Agency reports that on Sunday August 9, heavy winds raised the concentration of airborne dust particles to over 34 times the acceptable level. Meteorological reports say winds could reach 100 km/h today. - 8/11/15

An Iranian rapper speaks about hip-hop and its future in Iran

- "Our group was the first group that used what they call explicit language in Iranian music." So says Alireza Jazayeri, a rapper whose stage name is Alireza JJ, who originally gained fame as a member of a hip-hop group called Zedbazi, "Even before the revolution there was no explicit language or curse words in art. We were the first who actually brought it to mainstream, like they did in American hip-hop in the late 80s." -Moira Lavelle, PRI - 8/5/15

Living Trans, From Iran to New York City

- Up-and-coming actress Pooya Mohseni tells The Advocate what it took to come out as trans at 37, offering a riveting tale of survival that took her from Iran to New York City. -Advocate - 8/3/15

Hero Iranian firefighter laid to rest in Bandar Abbas

- People in the southern Iranian city of Bandar Abbas have honored a heroic firefighter who gave his life to rescue people trapped in a fire. Barekat Jowzari, 42, was buried Saturday amid emotional scenes in the port city's main cemetery, local sources said. - 8/1/15

Iran's Kurdistan University establishes first Kurdish literature program

- University of Kurdistan announced that in the coming year it is launching its first Kurdish language and literature program. The university reports that the program will start by accepting 40 students in September of 2015. - 7/26/15

IAAB's Camp Ayandeh Turns 10!

- Since 2006, Camp Ayandeh, through a positive and inclusive environment, has developed leadership skills and built a strong network of Iranian American students. The Summer Leadership Institute sponsored by the Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) will celebrate the 10th annual Camp Ayandeh between July 18th to July 27th at Cabrini College outside of Philadelphia. - 7/22/15

What the Nuclear Deal Says about Iran's Politics and Society

- In the aftermath of the recent nuclear accord on Iran's nuclear program, it is important to understand correctly the Islamic Republic's motives for signing the deal with the United States (and the other P5+1 countries) and the factors that enabled the Iranian negotiators to reach an agreement. Without such an understanding, the United States will continue to make policy toward Iran on the basis of previous assumptions about the country. -Shireen T. Hunter - 7/16/15

What The Nuclear Deal Means For Iranians

- After feeling the pinch of economic sanctions for years, ordinary Iranians appear eager to soon see the benefits of this week's landmark nuclear deal. Many believe that more international cooperation will bring improved economic conditions, new business opportunities, and better ties with Western countries. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/15/15

Call for Submissions: 2016 Nowruz Banner Contest

- Farhang Foundation is calling on aspiring and veteran graphic artists to submit original designs that conceptualize Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) or some other aspect of Iranian culture. Eligible designs will be considered as the central artwork featured on street banners and other marketing material that will proudly promote Farhang's 8th Annual Nowruz Celebration at LACMA throughout prominent boulevards of Los Angeles in March 2016. - 7/13/15

Women now comprise one-third of homeless Iranians

- The Iranian president's advisor for Women and Family Affairs says one third of Iran's homeless are women. ILNA reports that according to Shahindokht Molaverdi, 5,000 of the 15,000 homeless in the country are women, adding that these statistics are documented and should not be interpreted as "blackwashing" the system. - 7/12/15

The Arts in Iran Are Defying Conservatism

- The arts and cultural activity in Iran today have greatly expanded from the time of the Revolution of 1978-79. Many aspects of the arts challenge conservative religious authorities, but they are flourishing nonetheless to the great appreciation of the Iranian public. -William O. Beeman, Huffington Post - 7/10/15

2015 Iranian Festival in Portland, Oregon

- Saturday, August 1, 2015, 11:00 AM -4:00 PM -- Andisheh's mission is to build a bridge among communities in Oregon and SW Washington by celebrating the Iranian-American heritage through arts and culture. - 7/8/15

Dastan Ensemble shuns Iran over concert cancellations

- To protest the cancellation of concerts in Iran, the Dastan Music Ensemble says it will no longer schedule any concerts in Iran. The Etemad daily reports that ensemble member Saeed Farajpouri said: "Although we were planning on holding a number of concerts in Iran in the coming year, in light of the recent problems with concerts, we decided that we will not hold concerts in Iran for the time being." - 6/29/15

A tribute to Iranian scholar Dr Chahryar Adle: 1944-2015

- It is with great regret that Iran Heritage Foundation notes the passing of Dr Chahryar Adle in Paris yesterday on 21st June 2015 at the early age of 71 years. He achieved international distinction for his work on the archaeology and art history of Iran and Afghanistan in the Islamic period, but he was far from being a reclusive scholar. - 6/23/15

Persian Classical Performance Live from Tehran Through Portals!

- Portals, a global public art initiative created by Shared Studios, has has created an innovative forum which individual Americans and Iranians have the chance to speak to one another as if in the same room. While the Portal is open in D.C. now through June 21, you are also invited to join Shared Studios for their first ever community event and fundraiser. This will be an evening performance of classical Persian music live from Tehran -NIAC - 6/19/15

Benevolent Matchmaker Or Intrusive Busybody? Iran Takes Marriage Drive Online

- Worried that Iranians are staying single too long, the authorities are backing a new matchmaking website meant to help more people get hitched. But some members of the target audience are treating the initiative with all the enthusiasm of a dubious blind date arranged by an overbearing relative. -Farangis Najibullah and Hossein Ghavimi, RFE - 6/18/15

Iran Launches Official Matchmaking Website

- Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Mahmud Golzari said in a ceremony launching the site, "We have high demand for marriage and 11 million bachelors who are increasing every day. This is a significant issue for the ruling system." - 6/16/15

Iran's Communications Minister lauds internet service growth under Rohani

- Iran's minister of communications says that since the new administration took the helm of the government in 2013, the number of Iranian internet users has gone from three million to six million. - 6/15/15

Iran's National Orchestra resumes activities after 3-year hiatus

- Iran's National Orchestra has resumed its activities after a 3-year hiatus in the capital, Tehran. Conducted by maestro Farhad Fakhreddini, the orchestra celebrated its return with a concert held at Tehran's Vahdat Hall on Wednesday. - 6/11/15

Preserving Traditional Persian Cooking Is This Young Iranian Chef's Mission

- In the bustling metropolis of Iran's capital city of Tehran, one afternoon TV show still manages to draw thousands of viewers, even after nearly two decades. Bahooneh - or "an excuse" in Farsi - is the nation's longest running cooking show, hosted by Iran's first male Chef, the 45-year-old Saman Golriz. -Jackie Abramian, Huffington Post - 6/11/15

Iran is opening 150 alcoholism treatment centers, even though alcohol is banned Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email More Options Resize Text Print Article Comments 3

- The Iranian government is stepping up its attempts to tackle alcoholism, a senior health ministry official told the ISNA news agency on Monday, with more than 150 outpatient alcohol treatment centers slated for opening in the near future, six of which will also have facilities for inpatient detoxification. -Adam Taylor, Washington Post - 6/10/15

The Campaign to Save Iran's Endangered Noses

- How is beauty defined? What pressures do women face when trying to live up to these definitions and established standards? A Facebook page called "Iranian Women Up Close" has taken on these questions and concerns, offering a place for Iranian women to debate the concept of beauty and share their experiences. -Mahrokh Gholamhosseinpour, Daily Beast - 6/9/15

Photos: Baluch girls wearing "Chakan" dresses

- The dresses of these baluch girls are ornamented by the art called 'Chakan-douzi,' which is a tradition among girls and women in Sistan and Baluchistan province in southeastern Iran. - 6/8/15

Report says Iranians spend nine hours a day on social media

- Iran's deputy sports minister reports that three-fifths of Iranians use Facebook, adding that they spend an average of nine hours on social media websites every day. The nine hours of daily Facebook use by Iranians is despite the fact that Facebook is filtered by Iranian authorities and users in Iran cannot access it without proxies used to break through such blocks. - 6/6/15

Iranians choose leisure over late leader's remembrance

- Despite efforts by the Islamic Republic establishment to present the anniversary of the passing of Iran's late leader as a day of public mourning, Iranians are using it as a day for leisure and travel. It's especially true this year as the public holiday falls on Wednesday June 3, creating a long weekend up to Saturday. - 6/4/15

Ninety percent of Iranian households hooked on satellite programs

- Iran's Association of Psychologists reports that over 90 percent of Iranians now watch satellite programming, which includes both secular and religious families. Association member Azim Darayi told ISNA that by virtue of satellite programming, "America has army forces" inside every Iranian household. - 6/4/15

First Christian football captain in Iran as Rouhani puts focus on minorities

- "I'm happy that as a Christian I play in a Muslim team," Andranik Teymourian said in a recent interview. "I have Armenian roots but I hold the Iranian passport and I'm proud of that, I hold my flag high. I hope I can enhance the good reputation of Armenian people in Iran." -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian - 6/1/15

Dozens of Iranians arrested in Pardis for going to "corruption center" party

- Forty-seven women and 42 men were arrested in Pardis suburb of Tehran for attending a party, the Shahrvand daily reported on Wednesday May 27. - 5/28/15

Iran: Internet dating website launched by state

- With a high rate of divorce among a large, youthful population, authorities in Iran have stepped in to play Cupid with the launch of a state-run internet dating website. -Nassim Hatam, BBC - 5/28/15

Psychologist Rejects the 12 Million Figures but Agrees: Iranian Society Suffers from Depression and Leans Towards Violence

- A member of Iran's parliamentary committee on health and treatment announced that 12 million Iranians suffer from mental illnesses and added, "But despite the large number of individuals with mental issues, there are only 40,000 hospital beds for them." In the past too, many other specialists had spoken of a shortage of beds and other facilities needed for those suffering from psychological illnesses. -Niusha Saremi - 5/26/15

Iranian students starting to use drugs at lower age

- Iran's Drug Control Headquarters report that the age when Iranian students start to use drugs is now as low as 15. Hamid Serami, a spokesman for the Drug Control office, told the Seda va Sima network that one percent of the country's school age children are addicted to drugs. - 5/23/15

Farhang Hosts Its Largest Nowruz Extravaganza To Date

- With a record breaking 10,000 plus visitors at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on Sunday, March 22, 2015, Farhang Foundation's 7th Annual Nowruz (The Iranian New Year) Celebration in collaboration with LACMA was the Foundation's largest Nowruz celebration since inception. - 5/18/15

Portraits of Young Men and Women Affected by Iran's Marriage Crisis

- For Life Alone, Tehran-based photographer Majid Farahani takes an intimate and humanizing glimpse at the decreasing rate of marriage in Iran, focusing his gaze not on the statistics but on the young people whose lives are directly affected by what some are calling the country's "marriage crisis." -Feature Shoot - 5/18/15

Tehran's derelict rich kids have toys taken

- Rich kids behind the wheels on their glamorous toys are no longer off the hook. Tehran police say they have impounded 850 luxury cars for speeding and other traffic-related violations in a space of just two weeks. Erratic driving by the children of the nouveau riche has become a serious nuisance, prompting public outcry on the social media. - 5/15/15

Iranian poet Mohammad Ali Sepanlou passes away at 75

- Prominent Iranian poet and literary critic Mohammad Ali Sepanlou passed away yesterday night in Jam hospital in Tehran. May his soul rest in peace. Born in 1940 in Tehran, Sepanlou, graduated from Tehran University's Faculty of Law in 1963. He was one of the founding members of the Writers Association of Iran. - 5/13/15

Rich kids of Iran face backlash after fatal Porsche crash sparks anger at antics of capital's elite

- Dozens of luxury cars seized by police after accident shines a light on the habits of country's new conspicuously wealthy generation -Robert Tait, Telegraph - 5/13/15

Iranian Judiciary to pay part of cost to turn Evin Prison into park

- The mayor of Tehran says the head of the judiciary has approved plans to transform Evin Prison into a park, agreeing to pay for part of the project cost. Evin was built more than 45 years ago in the north end of Tehran, and many political prisoners under the former and current regimes have served their sentences there. - 5/12/15

Tirgan Returns for Its Biennial Celebration This Summer 2015

- Tirgan, the world's largest Iranian arts and culture festival returns to the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada, this summer from August 20-23, 2015. The festival's ancient roots can be seen in a programme which showcases the tremendous ethnic diversity within Iran and celebrates the country's music, dance, theatre, cinema, literature, visual arts and cuisine. The central theme of "Homeland" unites the festival programme of Tirgan 2015. - 5/4/15

Ariana's Persian Kitchen: World Premiere on Nat Geo People on May 8th

- Ariana Bundy, an award winning Iranian-American chef and cookbook author of 'Pomegranates & Roses', visits the vast and fascinating country of Iran to re-discover her heritage. From the lush green mountains of the Caspian sea, to the golden deserts of Yazd, Ariana eats her way through Persian delicacies in Bazaars, pastry shops, restaurants, and people's homes. - 5/2/15

Hajji Baba of New York City: 'Parviz Khatibi loved his country enough to tell it the truth'

- Satire has the power to spark great controversy, illuminate injustice, and help bring forth social change. Throughout the 20th century, Parviz Khatibi was a clear voice of dissent in Iran, and his work encouraged people to always question what they often assumed to be the truth. -Reorient - 4/28/15

Iranian-Americans: A Bridge to Understanding and Peace

- On the last day of March, about a hundred distinguished Iranian-Americans gathered at the Willard, Washington, D.C.'s most storied hotel, over authentic Persian cuisine and classical music, to celebrate the arrival of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. -Jahandad Memarian, Huffington Post - 4/21/15

Divorce on the rise in Iran, marriages in decline

- Iran's divorce rate has risen by five per cent, with 19 divorces being registered each hour, according to reports from the Census Organization. Ali Akbar Mahzoon, the head of the Statistics Bureau, told IRNA that in addition to the five-percent increase in divorces, there has been a 6.5-percent decline in registered marriages. - 4/20/15

Photos: Iranians Celebrate Sizdah-Bedar (Persian Festival Of Nature)

- People across Iran celebrated Sizdah-Bedar, the traditional Persian festival of nature, on Thursday by spending time outdoor. Sizdah-Bedar, an ancient Iranian nature festival, is held on the 13th of Farvardin (first month in Iranian calendar) and marks the end of the Persian New Year (Norouz) celebrations. - 4/2/15

Premiere of Mark Grey and Niloufar Talebi's "The Plentiful Peach" at Stanford

- Commissioned by the LACC, the work is adapted from a story by the great Iranian writer, Samad Behrangi (1939-1968). The Plentiful Peach is the coming of age story of a peach and the brave children who secretly grow her-against the master's odds. - 3/31/15

Los Angeles City Hall Celebrates Nowruz

- On Friday, March 20th, the Los Angeles City Hall celebrated Nowruz alongside the Iranian American community for the eleventh year in a row. Beginning in 2004 with the support of PAAIA Board Member Pouria Abbassi and Congressman Tony Cardenas, the Nowruz celebration at Los Angeles City Hall has become an annual tradition expressing the city's gratitude for the contributions of their Iranian American residents. - 3/29/15

Celebration of Nowruz at City Hall in San Francisco

- Celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year on Friday, March 27 at 6 p.m. at San Francisco City Hall with the diverse Bay Area community. This is a commitment by members of the community with the support of Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco Sheriff and Iranican Inc a 501c3 non-profit in the Bay Area. - 3/26/15

Event in New York: "A Spring Voyage to Celebrate Iranian and American Fusion"

- Persian Arts Festival is proud to announce its 9th annual Nowruz celebration, Night of Melodic Wanderlust, a spring voyage to celebrate Iranian and American fusion, MC'ed by comedienne Susan Peret, featuring Persian-Americana rock from three of the city's hottest bands. The highly-anticipated event will take place at NYC's premier global music venue Drom on Friday, March 27 at 7:00pm ET. - 3/25/15

Meet Our Man in Tehran

- In a new video series, Thomas Erdbrink, the Tehran bureau chief for The New York Times, interviews the people of Iran, a country that is slowly changing and where nothing is as it seems. This is the first video in a seven part series rolling out over the next 7 weeks. - 3/25/15

Persian Music Reverberates in New York at Spring Vernal Equinox

- Exhilaratingly transfixed by the Persian music, the audience ascended into introspective trance and awe, thereby transcending borders, cultures, histories, minds and bodies at the ArtsWestchester in White Plains New York Saturday night. -Davood Rahni - 3/24/15

Nowruz Resolution Introduced in the U.S. Congress

- On March 18, 2015, Congressman Michael M. Honda (CA-17th) introduced a resolution in honor of the Iranian New Year into the House of Representatives. The legislation recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz and wishes Iranian Americans, the people of Iran, and all those who celebrate the holiday a prosperous new year. - 3/22/15

Let us be bravely and benevolently united for the Joys of Nowruz (New Year)

- In some millennia ago, in regard to the process of Creation our ancestors wrote: "Temporal time was created from Endless, Eternal Time. The reason was that in order to defeat Ahriman (Evil), Hormozd (God the creator) created Time. For Ahriman will only be defeated through war. The battleground is where the strategy for the war is figured out." -Khoobchehr Keshavarzi, Tavoos - 3/22/15

An anthology of the final decade: exploring Iran's past through art

- A series of exhibitions from curator Vali Mahlouji examine the 'lost decades' of pre-revolutionary Iran. -Natasha Morris, Guardian - 3/22/15

In Nowruz message to Iranian People and Leaders, Obama Urges Progress on Nuclear Deal

- President Obama sends best wishes to everyone celebrating Nowruz. In his video message, the President speaks directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran about a path of greater opportunity for the Iranian people. - 3/20/15

Iranian cartoonists mark Persian New Year 1394!

- Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Iranian year. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, the start of spring in the northern hemisphere. This year Nowruz starts on Friday March 20th at 2245 UTC. Here is a selection of works by Iranian cartoonists on the occasion of Nowruz. - 3/20/15

Videos: Persian New Year, Norouz

- Nowruz, "New Day", is the holiest and most joyful festival of the Zoroastrian year and the most important national festival for all Iranians. Its celebration is recorded from the Achaemenian period around 500 BCE. - 3/20/15

Happy Nowruz and Spring Solstice

- Nowruz is regarded as the birthday of our Blue Planet Earth; Since the time immemorial; Celebrating the history of human existence; On her bosom with spring flourishing trees and blossoms; In hope of Rebirth; In the way Forough Farokhzad recounts in her poem; Let's read it together while remembering... -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 3/19/15

Iranians Celebrate Chaharshanbeh Souri Festival

- On Tuesday night, Iranians celebrated the ancient Persian tradition of Last-Wednesday-of-the-Year (Chaharshanbeh Souri) as a prelude to Nowruz (the start of the new year). On the evening of Chaharshanbeh Souri, people make fires and jump over them. - 3/18/15

Nowruz, the New Year at the spring vernal equinox

- The flower buds of yellow, violet, red and white crocuses of saffron bulbs intermingled with the blossoms of daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and Persian violets herald the arrival of Nowruz. The Persian New Year, a rebirth and rejuvenation, rightly occurs on the spring vernal equinox. -Davood Rahni - 3/18/15
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